MAINEVILLE, Ohio - Junior Sarah Burnham shot school and Big Ten Championships record 9-under-par 63 in Saturday’s second round of the league tournament at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio. Burnham’s amazing 63 moved her into first place at 8-under-par 136, four shots ahead of the next closest competitors.
As a team, the Spartans moved up three spots into second place with second-round 5-under-par 283. For the tournament, Michigan State is 5-over-par 581, eight shots back of first-place Northwestern, which is 3-under-par 573 after two rounds.
Burnham’s record day started with six consecutive birdies on the front nine, as she was six-under-par at the turn. She birdied five of the first six holes to start the back nine and then birdied the 18th to finish at 9-under-par.
“Watching one of your players be 10-under at one point – you can’t describe how special it was,” MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. “Sarah is an incredible player and person. The joy you get from watching someone perform like that is tremendous and we are so happy for her. I think I was more nervous on the back nine than she was. Her putter was hot and she felt great about it all day.
“It was a good example for all of her teammates because of how diligent she is and how hard she works. It’s fun to see fruits of her labor pay off and she definitely deserves it.”
Burnham’s 63 was three strokes better than her previous school-record 66, which she shot twice in 2015. The previous record for lowest round at the Big Ten Championships was 65.
Freshman Allyson Geer and junior Katie Sharp also had solid second rounds. Geer is alone in ninth place after a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday. She is 2-over-par 146 for the tournament. Sharp fired an even-par 72 in round two and is tied for 10th place at 3-over par 147.
Freshman Paz Marfa Sans had a 3-over-par 75 on Saturday and is 8-over-par 152 for the tournament, tied for 21st place.
MSU is nine strokes ahead of third place Ohio State and 16 strokes up on fourth-place Wisconsin.
Sunday’s final round will get underway at 8 a.m.